I love this quick SlideShare program about what makes presentations rock that really packs a punch.
All my smart, capable MBA students struggle with creating compelling persuasive presentations. All of my senior executives struggle with the same.
So what would Steve Jobs do? How do you create a compelling presentation that brings results?
As this SlideShare shows us, it is all about distilling your presentation down to its core essence -- and then sharing it as a story, with stories, and with strong visuals. But there is much more to this program than that message -- so take a few minutes to flip through it and dig into its contents. You will be glad you did.
Wake up people's brains! Follow the rules given here. They work.
Yet if we know what to do, why don't we do it? Because it takes time, as this program says.
But think of it this way: can you affort NOT to invest the time when money and business and your reputation is on the table? Nope.
Top curators Baiba Svenca and Robin Good found this cool app and I think it's important for you to know about too.
How amazing would it be when giving a presentation and sharing your biz stories via PowerPoint to have those in the room going through your material on their phones or ipads?
Or pity the person in the back of the room who can't see your slides well enough to follow along.
And the app can also still project on a screen if you want it to. So it's the best of the old and something new too.
The pricing however is steep. If you want to use the app with just one person it's free. Like we'd really need that when talking one-to-one with someone. If you want to shell our $50 for 6 months, or $80 bucks for a year, you can broadcast simultaneously to 50 people.
If you do a lot of speaking, you might want to check it out.
So this could be the coolest thing since sliced bread, or a dud -- depending on your business. Regardless, I still like the idea!
Thanks Baiba and Robin for finding this app and sharing.
PowerPoint presentations might the killer content you're looking for if you're looking to reach busy professionals and executives online.
Karen Dietz's insight:
Ah ha! Here's another article advocating using PowerPoint for marketing. And of course, for sharing your stories.
But of course, you've got to craft the PPT right in order for a compelling story to be told. Search under 'PowerPoint' here in this curation to get the best articles I've found on creating "wow" PPT presentations and stories.
This article makes some great points. Make life easy for yourself -- go for a PPT instead of the time and expense of a video. Particularly if time is short and you don't have money to burn.
SlideTalk makes it easy to publish, edit and share PowerPoint presentations, business presentations, tutorials, eLearning material, education material and documentation of events as talking presentations, thanks to using high quality text-to-speech and image processing software to hide from you all boring details of creating a talking video, and leaving you free to focus on the creative and pedagogical tasks.
Nancy Duarte, author of the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations, explains how to avoid PowerPoint hell. For examples of great and not-so-great slides, see Nancy's blog post, Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test?
Karen Dietz's insight:
Here is a quick but power packed video from Nancy Duarte on creating a PowerPoint presentation that really works.
Forget what you've already been taught -- follow Nancy's advice on how to structure and deliver your presentation.
And better yet, her methods totally support effective storytelling. For example, when you share a story, who needs bullet points??!! Nancy says don't even bother with a slide.
I love this article and am using its tips and outline this week for several presentations I am doing. While it is focused on sales, this post follows the same pattern I use when teaching my MBA students on business communication and influential presentations.
Keep this article/outline handy because it works!!
The presenter correctly indicated that stories can be used to hold interest that might otherwise drift. He supported this by outlining a structure:
Start with the point you want to make;
Illustrate the point with a story;
Provide an example or application that supports your point.
Ugh!! I can't stand this flow because it is simply a regurgitation of the old "Tell them what you are going to tell them; tell them; then tell you what you told them." I agree with the author of the article who says this is not storytelling. The author continues to say:
A side benefit, he contended, is that this structure can be quickly delivered.
It sounds logical, but it is not storytelling. Speeding through events with an eye on the clock cuts the heart out of emotional involvement, and effective storytelling ties directly into the emotions of the audience.
Now, this structure can certainly work when the second step is changed to “Illustrate the point with an anecdote.”
I love this article because it is a terrific discussion about the difference between an anecdote and a story -- and when/how to use each effectively. The author makes great points and I know you will get a lot from reading this post.
And if you want more examples of different narrative forms so you can be a smarter storyteller, then go download my free guide "Narrative Forms -- What the Heck is a Story Anyway? Why Can't I Just Use An Example?"
Hundreds of original content with PowerPoint are available on our website.
When we are telling our biz stories using PowerPoint, it can feel daunting finding the right template to do the right job. Fellow curator Baiba Svenca posted this article and I thought it would be great to share.
I hope this site, with its hundreds of free PPT templates, comes in handy for you!
And here's another great SlideShare piece on creating fabulous compelling, influential presentations. There are tips here that compliment the SlideShare program I reviewed yesterday -- so go grab both.
Now I will say I am not a fan of the story structure they use in this piece. It is too simplified and won't work very well. So ignore that and follow Nancy Duarte's structure that you can find here:
Fellow curator Baiba Svenca has found another great piece about how to create compelling PowerPoints. Use the tips in this slide program to craft ans share better biz stories or any other kind of presentation.
It is a terrific reminder that your stories belong in the text of what you say, and that PPTs are visual tools to help you tell your story better.
Or -- since stories are packets of visual imagery that you convey, take one story and translate it into a beautiful PPT using the tips here.
Article discussing ideas from the book Brain Rules on the impact of our visual perception on sales presentations (Presentation Rules using Visual Storytelling to sell Big Ideas http://t.co/Pn8Vpw7g)...
Karen Dietz's insight:
If you want to maximize your PowerPoint presentations, then this quick read is for you.
I love how it explains more about how the brain works with both stories and visual images. It is very clear and easy to understand.
Next I really like the author Mark Gibson's tip: "Structure your presentation into 10 minute content chunks and tell brief stories for 30 seconds every 10 minutes to re-engage your audience."
30 second stories? Oh please. I think that's bogus. You can get away with longer stories. Not 5 minutes but certainly longer than 30 seconds!
And the best order for a PPT is stories first, then data. The stories frame the data making it easier to understand and remember.
Nevertheless, there's a free webinar to sign up for that looks intriguing. I've registered for it and am sure I will take away a few good ideas/points.
Just remember -- stories first, data second. And don't get sucked into that 30 second story rule!
"These tools and generators are free tools that may help you to find the perfect color scheme and combination to use in your slides... These tools may help to choose the right background color but also the color scheme to use for text and graphics and keep a good color contrast in your slides..."
Many of my MBA students have a hard time choosing colors for their PowerPoint presentations -- even with the templates provided. As a result, they visually ugly. You can imagine how difficult it is then to really appreciate the stories and information you are sharing in your presentation. The rotten color combos are a huge distraction and we can't listen well.
So don't let this happen to you! Fellow curator Baiba Svenca @baibbb found this article and tools and I'm delighted to be able to share it with you -- and all my MBA students, too!
Top Presentation of the Day | There’s an old saying, ‘Power corrupts but PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.’ Well, don’t blame the tools, blame the workman. A good presentation can make the difference between winning a deal and wasting an afternoon in a meeting room. It’s worth doing it well. These tips and resources should help turn you into a presentation hero.
Want a quick tutorial on how to create effective PowerPoint presentations?
Well -- here it is! This won't take you long to go through, and these are all good reminders. I'm bookmarking this page so I can share it with my MBA students, and also just to keep handy when I need my own refresher course!
And enjoy the visuals in this presentation. That's a good lesson in and of itself :)
And my personal tip: think of your presentation as a story in-and-of-itself (setting, problem, challenges, resolution, take-aways) -- in addition to sharing stories within your presentation.